Michael von Bertele qualified in medicine in Cardiff in 1979 and joined the Army as a junior doctor. He served on operations in Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, the Balkans, and the Middle East, and accredited as a consultant in Aviation and Occupational Medicine in 1992.
In 1993 he commanded the medical battalion of the UN Protection Force in Croatia (UNPROFOR), returning to the Balkans in 1997 as head of civil-military cooperation in the multi-national peacekeeping force. He then spent several years in senior operational, command and policy appointments, working in the UK MoD, UN and NATO. From 2003-2006 he was the chief medical planner in the UK MoD, and Chairman of the NATO standardisation committees on Medical Interoperability, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence.
In 2006, as Chief Executive of the Medical Education and Training Agency, he designed and oversaw the development of the trauma care pathways in the UK NHS for treatment and rehabilitation of injured service personnel. In 2008 he established the Joint Medical Command and in 2009 he became Director General of the AMS.
After leaving the Army he worked for two years as Humanitarian Director for Save the Children International, leading humanitarian responses in the Philippines, the Middle East, Central Africa and Nepal, and in 2014 he led Save’s Ebola response in West Africa, supervising the establishment of the DFID funded Ebola treatment centre at Kerry Town in Sierra Leone. On leaving Save he became a Director of Aspen Medical and assisted them in establishing a number of trauma hospitals in Northern Iraq to provide trauma and obstetric care for civilian casualties during the liberation fight for Mosul
He was appointed OBE in 1993, Companion of the Bath (CB) in 2012, and FRCP in 2013. He sits on a number of boards in health-related fields.